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Damon Salvatore snapping Jeremy’s neck in 2x01: character’s crappy move.
Damon Salvatore killing people off-screen while he had the summer of his life: writer’s crappy move.
Giving up on a show or getting really upset because you can’t handle the second one does not mean you don’t stan the character. It just means you have enough self-appreciation to avoid this kind of stress over bad writing and you love the character enough to refuse to watch any kind of regression.
i hate butting in on posts, but I feel the need to explain that Damon killing Jeremy in 2x01 was actually done because Delena was happening too quickly. Plec needed a way to drag it out more, and wanted Damon to still be a villain even though he was starting/on his redemption arc. So while it was Damon’s decision, it was also just another thing Julie used in order to keep the triangle going. x
The difference is that Damon’s JNSI came from a place where we understood. We saw Damon’s journey in season 1 with dealing with Katherine, we saw Damon’s feelings growing for Elena, and we saw Katherine abandon him. We saw in 2x01 Katherine coming on to Damon, and then telling him that she never loved him and that it was always Stefan. Then we saw a hurt Damon hear the same thing from Elena later that episode. It doesn’t matter why the writers put that scene in because they made sure we saw Damon’s journey to get to that point, that we understood what Damon did no matter how horrible and unjustifiable it was.
Damon’s journey has always taken place on-screen. We saw him find his humanity, we saw his two-steps forward and one step back. We saw him be better, then we saw him struggle and backstep with Jessica and Andie, but move forward with Andie when he was able to control himself and not kill her in the latter part of season two. We saw his journey, we understood it where Damon was at every step of the way.
But not with this? No. This part of Damon’s journey that apparently expanded over the course of the entire four seasons, took place completely off-screen. Am I really supposed to believe that Damon, who told Elena while smiling like an idiot that he was a “reformed” serial killer was blatantly lying about it? Am I really supposed to believe that Damon, who told Elena that he wasn’t going to let the goddamn universe stop him from loving Elena or building a future with her, would risk letting revenge destroy what they had? Am I really supposed to believe that Damon, who has not shown any deliberate and intentional vengeful attitude to anyone who has wronged him since early season one, would deliberately hunt down a supposedly innocent woman while he was starting the happiest summer of his life with Elena?
The problem is that if this turns out to be true, that Damon was being a freaking serial killer and lying to Elena about it and showing absolutely no signs of doing anything wrong, now makes Damon the most untrustworthy character on the show because this MAJOR part of his journey all happened off-screen. I no longer know where Damon is at. I no longer see where he is coming from. They have given us no characters, no side characters like Jessica, Rose, or Andie to show the audience where Damon was at.
And what’s worse, is how can I trust him again? How can I trust that he won’t pull something like this on Elena again in the future? How could Elena possibly learn to trust him again after this? After he lied to her, after he did something that she would find absolutely horrendous behind her back, whilst knowing that it would affect their relationship, and after he let her love him and kept loving him as if nothing was going on? Elena would be a fool to ever completely trust that he wouldn’t do that again. And even if Elena did trust Damon again, that doubt would believably always be there.
Maybe the answers are coming, maybe they’re switching things up and dropping the huge bomb first and then explaining it later. This is what some of us are hoping for, but no one should blame us for being extremely uncomfortable now because of how little lead-in to this there was. I’m still inclined to believe that Damon was lying, or concealing a very important part of the truth, but after what the DE fandom has been dragged through thus far, I think many of us have good reasons to be feeling upset and let down.
Here is a post to hopefully make a few of you feel a little bit better with what the writers are doing with Caroline and her Damon hate. It is as clear as day to me that they are using Caroline as a fan service, as is what a lot of you have been saying. While sure it is true that a part of the reason they are doing this is to give the Stelena fans a spokesperson on the show, I’d contest that the biggest reason why they are doing it is to actually boost the character of Damon.
If you look back at the show in retrospect, this is exactly the same tactic that they used as early as 1x03 to create sympathy for Damon. Let me ask you something: If every character on the show praised Damon, put him on a pedestal, acknowledged how absolutely wonderful he is and loved him to pieces, would you be as drawn to his character as you are now? Would you root for him as passionately as you do now? I trust that with a lot of you, the answer would be no. What drew you to Damon’s character in the first place? Wasn’t it mainly because he was the underdog? The character who was more or less misunderstood?
Let me take you through a few examples as to how the writers deliberately and intentionally created sympathy for Damon:
- 1x03: Look at what they did with the end of this episode. They had Stefan write in his diary about how Damon was a monster who was not capable of love or goodness or kindness while they had Damon tenderly stroking Elena’s cheek.
- 1x20: They revealed that it was Stefan who forced Damon to become a vampire when he didn’t want to.
- 1x22: They had Stefan tell Damon that doing the right thing whilst expecting nothing in return is a foreign concept to Damon, and at the end of the episode they had Damon secretly go to Jeremy to apologize about Anna and the part he played in Vicki’s death. They went further to give Damon and Jeremy a bonding moment in which they really connected.
- 2x01: They made it crystal clear that we understood what happened with Damon earlier in that episode that led up to his infamous JNSI. They had almost every character walk on eggshells around him for most of the episode, and if Katherine hadn’t make it crystal clear that she used him the entire time and never loved him, Damon would never have snapped. They created sympathy for Damon before his JNSI, and even after.
- 4x08: They had Stefan bitch about how terrible Damon was and how selflessness was not one of his obvious traits only only to show us in the flashbacks how selfless Damon actually is.
Don’t you see the common factor in these examples? They would have their characters (sometimes even Damon himself!) pay anti-Damon lip service and yet show us the exact opposite, often in the same episode. They’re creating Damon as the underdog by what the other characters say.
This season with Caroline is no different. Anyone who has watched the last two seasons knows that there is absolutely no basis behind Caroline’s hate. Don’t underestimate the audience’s intelligence. I can list about five different ways in which Caroline’s hate in 5x08 was hypocritical bullshit, but that’s the point. Look at what they did with Damon this season, and in this very episode. He was the driving force in bringing Bonnie back, he called off the plan to keep Elena alive, he has been there for Elena and Jeremy in the grief of Bonnie’s death, and he has just been all around fabulous. We’re not meant to take what Caroline says as canon. Wes was dangerous, he abducted and killed Jesse to turn him into a vampire to experiment on him and we were not supposed to see Damon “questioning” him as a horrible thing to do. The biggest thing they did with Caroline’s hate this week though was reveal to us the horrific torture that Damon has been a victim of in the past. Caroline bitched to Elena about how “dangerous” Damon was, and not thirty seconds later they reveal that Damon was a victim of Augustine and that Wes abducted him again and threw him in his same cell.
My point is that the writers are very literally using Caroline’s anti-Damon lip service to boost the audience’s opinion of Damon even more and create even more sympathy for him in time for his new character arc. They’re having Caroline say nonsense one way, and showing us the exact opposite. If they didn’t keep Damon as the underdog, as the character who is more or less misunderstood or certainly not praised by everyone, then he wouldn’t be as much a driving force in the show as he is now. They save Damon praise for little pockets here and there, but they more or less are using this ridiculous hate to create more sympathy for him and to make him look even better.